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Roasted Cauliflower

 

THYME FACTS

I guess it is “thyme” for a bath!

roasted cauliflower

 Benefits of Thyme:

1. Contains Highest amounts of Antioxidants: lutein, zeaxanthin, and many others. If you are cutting out fruit to lower the sugar in your diet, herbs like Thyme are way higher in antioxidants than fruits anyway!

2. Thyme is one of the richest sources of selenium, potassium, calcium, and iron! No need for those potatoes and bananas to get your potassium in!

3. Thyme contains Thymol: an essential oil that is antiseptic and anti-fungal.

4. High in Vitamin C: There is something called a “phagocytic index” which tells you how rapidly a particular lymphocyte can gobble up a virus, bacteria, or cancer cells. We know that glucose and vitamin C have similar chemical structures, so what happens when the sugar levels go up? They compete for one another when entering the cells. And the thing that mediates the entry of glucose into the cells is the same thing that mediates the entry of vitamin C into the cells. If there is more glucose around, there is going to be less vitamin C allowed into the cell. It doesn’t take much: a blood sugar value of 120 reduces the phagocytic index by 75%. So when you eat sugar, think of your immune system slowing down to a crawl. Simple sugars aggravate asthma, cause mood swings, magnify personality changes, muster mental illness, fuel nervous disorders, increase diabetes and heart disease, grow gallstones, accelerate hypertension, and magnify arthritis. Since sugar lacks minerals and vitamins, they draw upon the body’s micro-nutrient stores in order to be metabolized into the system. SO instead of reaching for an orange for vitamin C which has sugar, try adding thyme into your diet!

5. Thyme contains high amounts of B-6. B-6 increases GABA  which is our anti-anxiety neurotransmitter in the brain. GABA deficiency displays as emotional eating, anxiousness, nervousness, irritability, restlessness, allergies, blurred vision, clammy hands, butterflies in the stomach, dizziness, IBS, constipation, neuropathy, fibromyalgia, headache, insomnia, trembling or shaking, tinnitus, manic depression, and mood disorders. You don’t need all of these issues to be deficient in GABA. To read more on how to increase GABA through foods and supplements, check out my book: Secrets to Controlling Your Weight Cravings and Mood.

roasted cauliflower

NOTE: to get the benefits of vitamin K, you MUST eat fat! Vitamin K is fat-soluble, which means you need to consume a fat with it to reap the benefits. Are you taking your vitamin D supplements on an empty stomach, with an egg white omelet or a banana? Sorry to burst your bubble, but your vitamin D level will not increase; you need fat for absorption.

 

roasted cauliflower

There are over one hundred varieties of thyme, with the most common being Garden Thyme and Lemon Thyme.  Lemon thyme has a slightly more-pronounced lemony fragrance, particularly good with this dish!

This Roasted Cauliflower is a perfect keto Thanksgiving or keto Christmas side dish!

Roasted Cauliflower with Burrata
 
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Burrata cheese is fresh mozzarella cheese with cream in the middle of the ball....drool!
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Recipe type: side dish
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 large head cauliflower, washed, trimmed, cored, and sliced (pieces may crumble but it's ok)
  • 2 TBS MCT oil or melted coconut oil
  • 2 TBS fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp Celtic sea salt and fresh ground pepper
  • OPTIONAL: 1 head roasted garlic (see below)
  • GARNISH:
  • 8 oz burrata cheese (if not dairy sensitive)
  • 2 TBS fresh thyme
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Spread the cauliflower in an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle the oil evenly over the cauliflower and sprinkle with thyme leaves, salt and pepper (squeeze soft roasted garlic onto cauliflower if using). Toss to combine. Roast until the cauliflower is lightly caramelized, turning once, about 30 minutes. Garnish with burrata cheese and fresh thyme leaves.
Notes
NUTRITIONAL INFO (per serving)
"Healthified" Cauliflower = 129 calories, 10.8g fat, 7.2g protein, 6g carbs, 2.9g fiber
(70% fat, 20% protein, 10% carbs)
ROASTED GARLIC

Roasted garlic is something so different than raw garlic. Craig and I were once eating at a Greek restaurant in St. Paul, MN called Shish. Craig’s kaboobs came with a side of the white “mash” which we thought were garlic mashed potatoes. It had the consistency of mashed potatoes and had a smell of garlic. We asked the owner what it was and he said roasted whipped garlic. We tried it and we had to ask again to make sure there wasn’t anything added because it really tasted like mashed potatoes. Nope, just roasted garlic. So, I came home and started making roasted garlic like mad. It is so tasty!

I also tried making it in my slow cooker and it works perfect! I do a large batch and store extra in the freezer for meals and side dishes like the Roasted Cauliflower.

To find my easy Roasted Garlic recipe, check out The Art of Healthy Eating Slow Cooker. Thank you all for your love and support!

roasted cauliflower

 

Another Cute Testimony

“Thank You so much Maria, I LOVE you so much for what you’ve done for me. I feel alive again! You can’t get stuck on a number when you feel so SUPER FANTASTIC!” Adri from Australia

Maria Emmerich

About Maria Emmerich

Maria is a wellness expert who has helped clients follow a Ketogenic lifestyle to heal and lose weight for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of clients get healthy, get off medications and heal their bodies; losing weight is just a bonus. She is the international best selling author of several books including "Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet.".

108 Comments

  • Kymber says:

    my favorite holiday tradition is decorating the tree with my family.

  • UrsusSpelaeus says:

    My favorite holiday tradition is going to have Dim Sum with my family.

  • Crystal says:

    I enjoy mashed turnips and chocolate MIMs.

  • Cindy says:

    Lost 20 pounds and less sinus infections. How’s that?

  • Barbara says:

    To me, it’s all about the little the little ones. Love being with my family’

  • Jalynn Patterson says:

    My favorite holiday tradition is cooking yummy food for my family and getting to spend time with them.

  • lisa carswell says:

    Feel wonderful after losing 40 lbs

  • Brenda says:

    I love baking cookies for the holidays. I make them low carb, healthy, and they taste good. Coconut flour makes the best coconut crisp cookies.

  • Misty says:

    Definitely timing the tree with Christmas music on in the background!!

  • Misty says:

    *Trimming the Tree!

  • Relizabeth says:

    That is the cutest picture of your son. : )
    My favorite holiday tradition is…hmm…the Christmas shows I get to play in.

  • Kim says:

    Grain Free and sugar free has done wonders for the fatigue and the foggy head. I am still working on keeping my weight down but I know this way of eating is right for me.

  • AmyLou says:

    Since starting my grain and sugar free lifestyle my whole outlook on life has improved. My mood is better, I feel better about myself, and I feel awakened to the fact that years of believing that fat was the enemy and whole grains were the healthier option was how I ended up overweight, tired, and moody. So amazingly thankful that I discovered your blog Maria and am looking forward to purchasing the 30-day accelerated program in the not too distant future.

  • Jenny says:

    I love being with my entire family on Christmas Eve & eating food we’ve all prepared to share 🙂 this year the food I prepare will be healthified!! I would love to win this!

  • Deanna S says:

    Down 20 pounds in 4 months eating grain free & sugar free.. feeling good!

  • Deanna S says:

    Love family gathering & taking a tour of the town to look at all the pretty lights…

  • Helen says:

    Love new health ways to eat better

  • Sharon says:

    Family gathering to chop down the Christmas tree

  • Amy says:

    I love spending time with my family & cooking/baking healthified treats!

  • ruth says:

    love how much better i feeling

  • Linda says:

    Love TT oils!!

  • Theresa says:

    Getting together with family: family that you generally don’t see other than at Christmas.

  • Patti says:

    Love to spend holidays with family and friends enjoying the goodies and fun times. Maria’s healthy goodies have really helped make this holiday enjoyable.

  • Amparo says:

    My favorite tradition is to spend time with the family and seeing my kids reactions when they open their Christmas gifts.

  • ramona says:

    I just love watching my husband play with our grandkids 3 of them under the age of 4. He turns in to a kid again!

  • Sherry Lynn England says:

    My glucose levels have gotten better, my pain levels have greatly improved and my leaky gut is healing. Less inflammation and bloating, and I am starting to lose weight too. One problem I have with the grain free lifestyle is that most of the recipes use almonds and having auto immune issues nuts cause me inflammation, pain and bloating. So I would love to get more recipes that do not include nuts.

  • Sherry Lynn England says:

    My glucose levels have gotten better, my pain levels have greatly improved and my leaky gut is healing. Less inflammation and bloating, and I am starting to lose weight too. One problem I have with the grain free lifestyle is that most of the recipes use almonds and having auto immune issues nuts cause me inflammation, pain and bloating. So I would love to get more recipes that do not include nuts.

  • Sherry Lynn England says:

    I always look forward to spending time with my hubby in the kitchen cooking and baking during the holidays.

  • Sandy says:

    Spending time with my family.

  • Karen says:

    My favorite Christmas tradition is watching my husband read ‘The Night Before Christmas’ to our kids right before they head off to bed Christmas Eve. He’s done that ever since the kids were born…and he still does and our kids today are 16 and 14 (our oldest passed away in his sleep unexpectedly when he was 14…..he would have been 19 and he still would love to sit and hear his dad read it!)

  • Anita says:

    Cured most of the pain of fibromyalgia.

  • Louise DePino says:

    Yummmmmm!

  • Lisa says:

    Getting together with family!

  • Alisha says:

    My favorite holiday tradition is getting together with my 25 cousins 7 aunts and uncles and enjoying each other!

  • Dyanne Spease says:

    Snuggling on the couch in front of the fireplace with my husband.

  • Debbie Meissner says:

    Instead of using body lotions, I add a couple of drops of lavender and clary sage to some almond oil and rub that on my body right after I shower before I dry myself off. Works better then lotion, and I’m not getting all the toxins.

  • Christina says:

    Spending time with family.

  • Christina says:

    My moods are more stable and I was able to identify a dairy allergy.

  • Tami says:

    No real traditions yet; maybe elf on a shelf

  • Georgia Keesler says:

    We open gifts on Christmas Eve.

  • Tari says:

    My favorite holiday tradition when my daughter were teens was baking holiday cookies. Now a days it is taking those old family favorites and finding or creating substitutions that make them fit the GF and low/no sugar lifestyle that many of us have become accustom too. 🙂 And people like you and Against All grain and a few others are helping to keep our holiday Christmas Cookie traditions alive!!!

  • Tari says:

    Oh my!!! I cannot believe I forgot Dr Davis! Wheat Belly was my first reference to the GF life. He and his fact are what lead me to looking for all of you awesome folks on Facebook!! Thank you for all your help and support!!!

  • jessica perreault says:

    Putting the tree up on thanksgiving night! and me being santa clause on christmas handing all the kids their presents that santa left under the tree! faces are priceless!

  • Angie says:

    I love Maria! She has helped me tremendously, now off to make some roasted garlic!

  • Tina G says:

    My favorite holiday tradition is decorating the Christmas tree. We bring out the cocoa (coconut milk, organic cocoa and stevia ;), blast the Christmas music, light the fire and really make it an event.

  • Mary says:

    Singing Christmas carols and classics around the organ with my family.

  • Jennifer says:

    Our Christmas tradition is pulling out all the decorations and putting up the tree while watching Christmas Vacation.

  • Olya says:

    7 pounds in the first week of 30-day meal plan: I did not think I had 7 pounds to loose! My energy is starting to get crazy high with no caffeine intake. My mood is stable and good!

  • Lisa P says:

    Putting up the lights!

  • This is a timely post!!! Thank you for sharing your knowledge and your heart!

  • Vanessa says:

    I am just starting to cut it out of my diet. This prize would be great!

  • Lori says:

    Ever since I started eating grain-free and sugar-free, I lost weight and feel so much better!

  • Angie says:

    I have lost 30 pounds and I feel great. I have more energy.

  • Emily says:

    My favorite tradition is opening the Christmas stockings!!

  • Andrea M says:

    My favorite holiday tradition is Christmas Eve celebration at my parents’ house with the extended family and then returning back there in the morning with my sisters and our families to open up gifts together!

  • Matt says:

    I’m always looking for new and tasty ways to use cauliflower. This looks and sounds fantastic!

  • Kelly Land says:

    Lost weight and feel great!
    Kelly

  • Anne says:

    Turkey dinner with my family& going to Midnight Mass.

  • tRACY says:

    I want to try the roasted garlic!

  • zosia says:

    to be honest, I haven’t enjoyed the holidays since I’ve developed an ED.

    it used to be sitting around the table with my family.

  • Pam says:

    making old fashioned potato candy!

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    Love tropical traditions products

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    I love tropical traditions and would put the product to good use!!

  • Sula says:

    It won’t let me vote, must have to be American. O well, just know I’m mentally voting for you. Thank you for all your info. and recipes. I now own four of your books, including the new Keto book. I look forward to a Keto recipe book … no presure. 🙂

  • Della says:

    Taking vacation from work and time with Family!!!

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  • April says:

    Being able to spend time with my family without worrying about other issues or events. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Debbie says:

    Just ordered your new book! I love all of your recipes and info. thanks for all the work you do. Merry Christmas.

  • Debbie says:

    Just ordered your new book! I love all of your recipes and info. thanks for all the work you do. Merry Christmas.

  • Linda says:

    All of the info is great, but sometimes I feel overwhelmed with trying to learn the right things to do (especially after learning so much false information over years of dieting.) I can’t wait to have the glowing reports others are having.

  • Linda F. says:

    I am slowly loosing weight. If I would exercise I would loose more plus the benefits to every system in my body!

  • Sarah says:

    Christmas baking is a favorite holiday tradition!

  • Kim says:

    Feel better and have more energy. Tropical Traditions is how I learned about the benefits of coconut oil which I’ve now been using for over 8 years.

  • Karla T says:

    My favorite is giving presents to our family on our anniversary

  • Debbie Ricker says:

    Favorite Christmas tradition would be a toss-up between hunting for the perfect Christmas tree (includes hiking, occasional wild animal sightings, hot chocolate, and 2 ridiculously happy dogs running free!) or the nightly Christmas movie marathons…one every night til Christmas Eve.

  • Patrica says:

    watching the Christmas movie with the family.

  • Allison Jenkins says:

    Grain-free and sugar-free has helped my whole family to feel and look better!

  • Melinda says:

    My favorite holiday tradition is cooking, for, and with my children and grandchildren. All 5 of my children, 5 kids-in-love, and 5 granddaughters will be here for Christmas. (seems like 5 is our family number!)
    I can’t wait to share more of my “healthified” recipes with them. Healthified food is a gift in itself! <3

  • Kris in Alaska says:

    I love making all my own Christmas cards! I’ve been doing it for about six or seven years now!

  • Susan says:

    Organic hair oils – just what I need for winter.

  • Caroline says:

    I love burrata!! I love coconut products too!

  • Lori says:

    I love all my favorite Christmas movies. White Christmas all time fav.

  • dar says:

    Most Blood levels down where they are suppose to be…fibro pain is sooooooooooo much less…need to work on de-fatting my liver! 🙂

  • WoolyNC says:

    Energy!

  • Ann says:

    Giving something homemade is what I like to do at Christmas.

  • pati says:

    Grain free, sugar free diet helped me loose 20 pounds and I have so much energy and feel muuch better overall! !!

  • ellens says:

    love praising the Lord.

  • Donna Poole says:

    Just starting this journey. Thanks for all the information.

  • Holly says:

    The grain free, sugar free diet has reduced my migraines tremendously!!! Now I can look forward to my favorite holiday tradition….making “healthified” cookies!!!

  • Patti says:

    would love to win!!

  • Elaine R says:

    My holiday tradition is cooking a lovely feast for my family at Christmas and New Years and letting them try my healthy versions of yummy foods. This year I am adding in the Amazing Bread, I just love it and am in the process of making some now.

  • Sodapop says:

    I am in the process of recovering from anorexia and I’ve had way less emotional outbreaks!

  • Tammy Thomas says:

    favorite holiday tradition is a christmas eve gathering with my family!

  • Sodapop says:

    I have a question maria, are Joseph’s lavash healthy or are la tortilla factory low carb high fiber tortillas better?

  • Amy says:

    I feel like a different person since eating the Maria way! Allergies/sinus issues have improved, & I can’t tell you how long it’s been since I’ve slept more than 4 solid hours/night! 😉 thanks!!

  • Tovah says:

    I am a beginner on this journey. Love the changes already!

    We love to spend time together on the holidays. I like to make egg nog French toast!

  • Sodapop says:

    Hi maria I am trying to recover from anorexia and I am trying to explain to my family how bad wheat and carbs are, but they want to gain weight eating what they eat which is the traditional Hispanic diet of tortillas, beans, rice, corn, gorditas(wheat pastries), etc., but I am trying to explain your ways to them and they want to force me to gain weight eating their way! I am soooo frustrated with them because they just don’t get it!!!! They think that they know, but they don’t! I wish you could explain it to them! What do I do?!?!?!? I am 16

  • Sodapop says:

    Hi maria I am trying to recover from anorexia with your advice that you gave me. I am 16 and my parents are Hispanic and they eat corn, tortillas, rice, beans, bread etc. and want me to eat like this, but I have tried to explain to them about low carb, but they won’t listen!!!!!! I wish you could explain to them somehow because they just won’t listen to me! What should I do? Should I keep trying or just gain weight their way?

    • cemmerich says:

      First of all, good for you for taking the initiative to learn about your own health! 🙂
      That can be tough. I find the best way is to lead by example. Do it myself and when they see the results and how good I feel maybe they will follow. I know that is hard at your age. You can also bring up little examples like “how do they fatten up cows? they feed them corn so they fatten up in 6 months instead of 2 years”. Things like that. 😉

  • samantha says:

    Yum Maria! Question. I love your recipes however I don’t want to bake or cook and I don’t want to eat bready or cake alternatives, I just want to eat clean. Can you do a chapter on that? foods to eat and a list of salads or something? Also I’ve gone from meat to pescetarian to vegetarian to vegan this year, which I have found suits me best in terms of cravings and overeating which I’m not doing now. I just want to make sure I’m getting enough nutrients.

  • Maile says:

    I am so new at this and am still learning but since i’ve gone grain-free my debilitating menstrual cramps have gone away.. and 3 year old ceases to have constant eczema patches all over her body. Looking forward to learning more!

  • Kim says:

    Since adopting a grain free diet, I sleep better, I feel better, I have less joint pain and I can control my weight a bit easier.

  • Tammy says:

    Hi Maria,
    At any given time in the last two weeks, since I found you, at least 5 tabs remain open in my browser with your recipes. Fried Cauliflower is a very popular dish in Lebanese cuisine, and a favorite in my Lebanese family. So far I haven’t come across your thoughts on frying. Although I like them roasted I really love Cauliflower fried with tahini sauce. Thoughts? Thank you!!

  • nicole says:

    Maria you have literally changed my life!

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